When I was doing my classes in Colorado, I mentioned in an earlier post that the prof asked us to meditate on scripture for two weeks as part of our work for the classes. We were given 3 passages to mull over, slowly, aloud 4 days a week minimum for two weeks.
I decided to continue with the same three passages for the summer. I don’t always “meditate.” Sometimes it is a simple reading over them again and again.
All that to say. I have thought about and looked at Isaiah 40 a lot the last month.
Or perhaps I’ve let it one ear and out the other.
The longer you look at God’s word.. the more you see.
Today the text bit me.
In a good way.
Why had I not seen this before?
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”?
Classic Christy is feeling like God has forgotten me.
How many times have I been in despair thinking the Lord has forgotten me? Innumerable.
I had been rereading and saying this passage aloud to myself for a solid 4 weeks now. Isaiah 40. I didn’t see it until today. The last few verses had struck me over and over and over again. Partly because I remember the gospel song that stole from this passage in my head when I read it. Partly because I feel weary and am waiting on the Lord for a prayer I do not know will ever be answered. Every day I ask though.
Then today the Lord’s Holy Spirit shed light on a sentence in this passage I had read over and over and been blind to.
I am not the only one with this question.. am I disregarded…? Does God see me? Has he forgotten…? And then there is an answer.. This is who the Lord is. He is wise and all knowing and powerful… it made the part I had hung on… “those who wait on the Lord..” make more sense.. I don’t know what the Lord will do in the end to answer my prayers…
But he hears. He hasn’t forgotten.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:27-31